Highlighting habitat restoration

by Bradley Walker

One of our upland habitat research flagship programs, the Native Groundcover Restoration (NGCR) Program, began working on a restoration site in Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in 2008.
The Native Groundcover Restoration Program is a collaborative effort between FWRI and the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation – specifically the Wildlife Management Area system.

We recently began a new project with our upland habitat research section to highlight their habitat restoration work at various Wildlife Management Areas around the state. Our first habitat restoration feature is an ongoing project at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County. The Native Groundcover Restoration program began working at this restoration site in 2005, and since then it has transformed from an “improved pasture” with no value as wildlife habitat to a site filled with native plants and groundcover that provide food and cover for many native wildlife species. Our Flickr set breaks down the restoration process, and includes some great photos taken at the Three Lakes site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwc/sets/72157650885589340/